Pioneering H2020 project e-shape, strengthens the benefits for Europe of GEO - establishing ‘EuroGEO’

EuroGEO, as Europe’s contribution to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems, aims at bringing together Earth Observation resources in Europe. It allows Europe to position itself as global force in Earth observation through leveraging Copernicus, making use of existing European capacities and improving user uptake of the data from GEO assets.                           


                               What the e-shape pilots can do for you?

Service for SDG 2.4.1 and 15.3.1 indicators assessment
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The project provides informational service on the SDG indicators 2.4.1 “Proportion of agricultural area under productive and sustainable agriculture” and 15.3.1 “Proportion of land that is degraded over total land area” based on the 10 m. agricultural land productivity and crop type mapping on Sentinel-2 data as well as Sen-4-CAP. This project created by Space Research Institute NASU-SSAU – the main scientific research organization on the remote sensing field in Ukraine, ERA-Planet programme member and Copernicus Academy member. The methodology for this pilot was developed within the ERA-Planet programme GEOEssential project. The workflows for data processing, crop type mapping and SDGs indicators assessment was developed and tested within Amazon GEO-Grant using Amazon computational resources. The project is compliant with European initiatives on the SDGs and Sendai Framework and the unique feature of the project is usage of moderate resolution Sentinel-1,2 and Landsat-8 mission images for land degradation assessment on the country and field levels. In addition, the project aims on the extent of the European technologies such as SEN-4-Cap, CREODIAS, GEOEsential workflows for territory of Ukraine and neighboring countries.
Company: Space Research Institute NASU-SSAU
Proposal: The main functions of the service is the assessment of the SDG indicators on the country level, regional land productivity assessment, crop maps analysis, agriculture statistics delivery, national SDG report preparation and field level land productivity calculation. The results of the project will valuable for scientific and private-business organizations as well as for academicals sector. The tool will allow to assess the land degradation and SDG indicators.
Linking EO and Farm IoT for Automated Decision Support
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Integrating free and open data, especially the Earth observing Copernicus Sentinels, into the decision support system (DSS) of growers around the world to improve daily decision making is vital to improving and sustaining vineyards and orchards as well as other fruit production. Depending on the regional climatology, different water regimes and plant specific information is needed to adequately support daily operations and the dense temporal Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 image coverage can significantly improve information access and content.
Company: Riscognition
Proposal: Climate change is affecting local production of agricultural commodities. Fruits, including grapes produced in vineyards and other fruits that are grown in orchards can be significantly affected by a number of climatic and environmental changes which reduces productivity and potentially affects the entire harvest. By linking EO data with ground measurements from Internet of Things (IoT) devices providing in-situ field measures, automated farm management systems can provide farmers and growers with actionable and timely information to improve their productivity and farming solution sustainability.
Vegetation-Index Crop-Insurance in Ethiopia
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The project provides a (i) geodata driven drought monitoring services and (ii) a financial service delivery to smallholder farmers based on a geodata-driven risk-mitigation (insurance) product that offers a basic safety net to protect them against the weather related peril ‘drought’.
Company: University of Twente
Proposal: The service will consist of (i) detecting and insuring false starts of the main growing season, (ii) introducing a ‘new-generation’ drought monitoring service that provides locally accurate semi-quantitative impact assessments (0-100%), and (iii) creating support through a versatile App to create ground-inventories of farmers assessments regarding suffered yield-gaps.
Agriculture, Land use, Farming, Insurance & Finance
Agrowth
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Agrowth platform combines Earth Observation data along with pertinent vegetation indices, soil and weather data. It makes use of state of the art in Artificial Intelligence in order to support smart farming using EO data. Specifically, it provides a crop monitoring service which offers information and/or actionable advice at the parcel level. In the current alpha version, the available services per parcel are: Phenology estimation: It estimates the current phenology stage of crop and the fuzzy transition of them in the course of time. Specifically, it provides the percentage of completion of each stage and it indicates the major and minor phenological stage in order to highlight this fuzziness of transition between of them. Weather Forecast: It visualizes the max and min ambient temperatures per parcel and it interplays with risk.resagri.eu. The user can be transferred at the click to ResAgri’s detailed weather information. Yield prediction: It predicts the yield in kg/ha, weeks earlier from the harvest. Vegetation Indices: It provides charts for the evolution of the vegetation indices NDVI, NDWI, PSRI and some crop specific indices. Furthermore, there are some services for a quick overall view of the state of all available parcels on the map of user. Overlay Satellite Images: It allows to overlay satellite images (RGB or NDVI) over the users’ parcels for a chosen acquisition date and area of interest. Phenology Stage: It colors the outline of each parcel with a color equivalent to its major phenology stage. Crop Classification: It colors the outline of each parcel with a color equivalent to its crop. Daily sowing map: It provides a heatmap for the sowing period of cotton which estimates daily the risk of sowing in a 2km x 2km spatial grid
Date: January 21, 2022
Company: National Observatory of Athens (NOA)
Agriculture, Atmosphere, Climate, Land use
Proactive Pipeline Maintenance With Rheticus® Network Alert
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Like many utility companies that manage water and sewage infrastructure, Hera constantly monitors subtle ground movement on its 3,852 miles of pipeline. Subsidence “doesn’t need to be dramatic to be destructive and costly,” said a Hera spokesperson. “Ground motion of even a few centimeters around buried pipelines can cause leaks in the pipes, and not just water and sewer pipes — gas, electricity, and telecommunications can all be affected. These leaks can then accelerate the erosion around the critical area, damaging service and possibly creating larger problems.”
Company: Planetek Italia s.r.l.
Proposal: Planetek Italia is an Italian company, established in 1994, which employs 50 men and women, passionate and skilled in Geoinformatics, Space solutions, and Earth science. We provide solutions to exploit the value of geospatial data through all phases of data life cycle from acquisition, storage, management up to analysis and sharing. We operate in many application areas ranging from environmental and land monitoring to open-government and smart cities, and including defence and security, as well as Space exploration and satellite missions. The main activity areas are: Satellite, aerial and drone data processing for cartography and geo-information production; Continuous monitoring with satellite data of Earth’s surface, infrastructures, work sites, urban dynamics or marine coastal areas in support of decision-making and operational activities Design and development of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) for geospatial data archive, management and sharing; Design and development of real-time geo-location based solutions, through positioning systems such as GPS/Galileo/GNSS and indoor location systems; Development of software for the satellite on-board data and image processing and for ground segment infrastructures.
Urban Areas, Monitor urban areas, Asset infrastructure monitoring
myVARIABLE
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Company: Martin Luther University
Dive - Diver Information on Visibility in Europe
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Company: Plymouth Marine Laboratory
EO of Sargassum data for seasonal planning
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How observations of Sargassum West of Africa helps the Caribbean to prepare for seasonal influxes of Sargassum
Date: January 26, 2022
Company: CLS
Proposal: Provide long-term seasonal prediction in bulletins tailored to the key users needs To raise awareness on the sargassum season to help the key users to prepare the mitigation in advance for a better management of the sargassum landings and to efficiently plan the sargassum cleaning and gathering efforts.
Fisheries, Environmental, Pollution & Climate, Fisheries, Travel, Tourism and Leisure
mySITE
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Company: mySITE
GEOSS for Disasters in Urban Environment
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This pilot application will exploit the new capacities for designing and delivering innovative services for extreme-scale hydro-meteorological modelling, using Copernicus data and core services directly ingested through the Copernicus Open Access Hub APIS, and the DIAS platform, as well as citizen scientists data, to enable more precise predictions and decision-making support for high impact weather events in urban and peri urban environment. Contributing to the Disaster Resilience SBA, one of the main activities listed in the GEO Space and Security Community Activity is to get maximum benefit from the use of large and heterogeneous datasets to potentially fill in the observational and capability gaps at EU decision making level. To this end, the application proposes also the integration of the datasets and tools made available in the frame of the pilot application (weather, citizen science, hydrological and fire models, RASOR platform, Change Detection Maps based on Sentinel-1 and the BEYOND (www.beyond-eocenter.eu) platform – FIREHUB and FloodHub - in synergy with partner NOA and the pilot for resilient ecosystems) for the assessment of impact of natural hazards over areas of interest with regard to human security issues.
Company: CIMA
Assessing Geo-hazard vulnerability of Cities & Critical Infrastructures
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Cities account for most of the population in Europe being the engines of the economic growth, but also posing the greatest environmental, social, political and cultural challenges. In order to address them the Urban Agenda for the EU (ratified in May 2016) focuses on priority themes as to improve the quality of life in urban areas; promote the cooperation between cities in the different member states to stimulate growth and innovation; and identify good projects that can be scaled up and transferred across the EU.
Company: EGS
Proposal: To increase the use of multi-mission Earth Observation derived products and services to assess Urban Vulnerability and Geohazards. To systematically map vulnerable urban areas and critical infrastructures threatened by Geohazards. To raise early awareness and train key users and decision makers on the use of the EO derived products and services and increase urban resilience against geo-hazards.
ReSAgri - Resilient & Sustainable ecosystems including Agriculture & food
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Natural hazards such as droughts, flash floods, and natural and man-induced disasters e.g. forest fires, and floods, are affecting and have a dominant role in natural ecosystems and agriculture, and hence food, resiliency and sustainability. This pilot is being composed by 3 main pillars: i) Gathering and processing of raw EO and meteo data , leveraging on DIAS back-office cloud services and integrating with multiple other data sources (in-situ, crowd, modelled); ii) Risk disaster modelling derived by NOA (risk assessment on various phenomena fires, droughts, seismic, landslides, floods), meteo modelling, flash flooding targeting on timely and accurate information (e.g. warning, alerting), and timely delivery to relevant stakeholders (e.g. farmers, agriculture cooperatives); & iii) Crop type and natural ecosystems mapping leveraging on EO research capacities (TRL 5) relying on machine learning methods in the agriculture domain (e.g. vegetation indices, crop identification etc.), fused with meteo data and coupled with disaster assessments and forecasts , aiming to provide vital thematic information to support the involved user communities (e.g. agriculture agencies, farmers, farming cooperatives) and decision making for the benefit of the agriculture sector and food security. This pilot would integrate an advanced hazard forecasting system to explore the links between heatwaves, wildfires, and floods in synergy with the other pilots of the disaster showcase concerning the development of an innovative meteo modelling solution in higher grid resolution and with EO based assimilation process.
Company: National Observatory of Athens (NOA)
FRIEND
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This pilot aims at assessing the flood risk in selected areas, its impact on urban areas and the associated risk for population. It will use Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data and relevant processing chains to generate time-series of imagery and automatically detect changes within a given period. The output will be exposed through the MEEO (pilot coordinator) platform whose data cube technology will be enriched with additional relevant datasets to provide both citizens and experts with a Flood Risk & Impact Assessment dashboard based on indicators, time-series charts or forecasting maps. The objective is to have a smart organization of the heterogeneous relevant datasets that facilitates the analysis of the data available and, therefore, the monitoring activities over an AoI.
Company: MEEO
MountaiNow
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Climate change is changing mountains, creating new needs for safety and adaptation. MountaiNow – a live-map of mountain hazards for the Alps – was created to address these needs. The e-shape pilot proposed by OneEarth, in partnership with Applica, ExoLabs, and Planetek Italia, is about achieving a major upscaling of MountaiNow for Europe and the world, also ensuring sustainability.
Company: One Earth sàrl - MountaiNow
Urban resilience to extreme weather - climate service
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The pilot application is focusing on the sponge city concept and atmospheric phenomena concerning the safety in and around cities. The application focuses on Urban Heat Index, drought and precipitation and provides methods for impact studies and evaluation of different adaptation strategies. Post-processing models will be used for seasonal and shorter-term forecasts and all will be combined with in-situ observations. A seamless product portfolio will help road maintenance companies and city authorities in managing impacts of snowfall events.
Company: DWD
Forestry conditions - climate service
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The Finnish forest industry estimates annual efficiency gains to be ~70 M€ in handling the seasonal variation of wood supply operations. Terrain and forest road trafficability issues are causing significant production shortfalls and pose a risk in a future with shorter frost periods due to climate change. Also in warm situations soil moisture hinders wood production operations. Forecasting harvesting conditions have a great potential value that will be demonstrated in this pilot. In addition carbon emissions from forest land change differently depending on the harvesting methods used. The pilot will highlight this in the service to motivate climate smart operations.
Company: Finnish Meteorological Institute
Seasonal preparedness
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Transportation and tourism sectors are dependent on inter-annual climate variability and also affected by climate change. Transportation safety is strongly weather dependent during the winter season, when road and driving conditions are challenging. Timely installation of winter tires is essential for safe driving conditions when temperature falls to near 0°C and roads might be covered by ice and snow. Forecasting the onset/offset of winter season, especially the starting time of winter tire installation is important as much for tire companies and public for preparedness and logistic reasons. Tire companies also need reliable seasonal forecast for planning and managing their retail activities, such as distribution of right tire types. The newly developed extended range forecast products for the assessment of onset/offset date of winter driving conditions and the long-range forecast allow tire companies to plan and manage their activities, increase their competiveness and economical benefit but also transportation safety.
Company: Finnish Meteorological Institute
Super resolution air quality monitoring service
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Air quality issues are directly related to the well-being of populations; the European Environmental Agency has recently reported that more than 300,000 deaths in Europe are directly linked to poor air quality. Moreover, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently updated its standards and guidelines regarding air quality emphasizing on the increasing contribution of human activities (eg. transportation, industry, heating and so on) to the ambient air quality and the necessity to decrease these emissions to save lives.
Company: ICOS ERIC with MPI-BGC, Germany
EO-based surveillance of POPs pollution
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Company: Masaryk University
EO-based pollution-health risks profiling in the urban environment
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Company: National Observatory of Athens (NOA)